It’s green, your mom always tried to make you eat it, and now evidence suggests it could be your secret weapon against osteoarthritis. Researchers at the University of East Anglia in the UK have found that the compound sulforaphane, common in vegetables like broccoli, can slow, and even prevent the degradation of joint cartilage caused by osteoarthritis (OA).
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis currently has no cure, making these recent findings pretty significant. Even treatment options are currently limited to pharmaceutical drugs, surgery, and other natural methodologies, all of which only slow the progression of the disease, not eliminate it. Prevention, of course, is far preferable to anything else.
Published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, the study involved administering sulforaphane to different cartilage cells, and monitoring the degradation of the cartilage tissue. The findings showed that cartilage destruction was significantly reduced in the presence of the compound. Since then, researchers have begun another study documenting the effects of a broccoli-rich diet for osteoarthritis patients prior to knee surgery.
Changing your Diet is Crucial
Like your mom always said, “green vegetables keep you healthy.” A diet high in green vegetables brings a plethora of benefits; rich in vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, cartilage protection is just one benefit of eating cruciferous vegetables, acting as an all natural joint supplement.
You should aim to add green vegetables to at least one meal every day, but preferably more. In addition to these health benefits, they can aid in slimming the waistline. Low in calories, high in fiber, and very filling, you truly can’t beat vegetables. Remember, a head of broccoli a day keeps the doctor away!
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